Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Rest without stress is God's best!
When you think of rest, you get nothing but stress, when God offers rest, you get nothing but His best! (Matthew 11:28-30). Most people when they think of rest, are really thinking of the rest they are not getting. Which brings on a state of restlessness or stress. It is not until we can just stop and breathe a bit, do we truly rest and get the relaxation we need to think clearly.
In the bible God offers us His rest, and with that rest a comfort. A rest that reaches deep down into our souls. This is a rest we would love to have, yet stay tired searching for it in all the wrong places. Matthew 11:28 says-"Come to Me, (God) all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I (God) will give you rest. One key word in that verse is will, God without a doubt will give you rest if you give it all to Him!
I hear people all the time talking about, how they wish they could rest. They do not sleep well, they wake up more tired then when they went to bed. The question I ask them, how did you, and what did you take to bed with you. Meaning what are you thinking about, or wrestling with when you try and go to sleep? Most times it is work, spouse troubles, and even still money issues, that threaten a peaceful evening.
This is an area where the serenity prayer comes in handy and is very helpful for getting our focus back on what God wants to do for us in our rest life! God, grant me the serenity, to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and the wisdom to know the difference. This prayer has been a comfort to many people over the years, and has helped get their thought life focused.
What prayer does, it takes the focus off us, and what we cannot handle, to God and what He can, and wants too! Take time, take a moment just to get quiet, to truly try and turn your worries and stress over to Him. He wants them, and promises to give us rest and to make our burdens lighter.